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									      STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM


Landscape Contracting and Management Curriculum
      Department of Landscape Architecture
           Mississippi State University




         For Further Information, Contact
     Assistant Professor Timothy Schauwecker
            Mississippi State University
      Department of Landscape Architecture
                      Box 9725
            Mississippi State, MS 39762
                Tele: 662-325-3012
                FAX: 662- 325-7893
        tschauwecker@LALC.msstate.edu




                Internship I
                                       CONTENTS

Introduction

Student Requirements and Regulations

Company Requirements and Regulations

Company Forms:
      Company Registration Form
      Letter of Offer for Internship
      Company Report - Mid-Term
      Company Report - Final

Internship I:       Suggested Areas of Internship Experience
                               INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
                For Landscape Contracting and Management Curriculum at
                               Mississippi State University


                                     INTRODUCTION

OVERVIEW: The Internship requirement involves three semesters of experiential learning
and field experience with a landscape contracting company or agency under the supervision of a
qualified supervisor and oversight of MSU faculty.


GOALS: To provide an opportunity for learning the various applied skills related to landscape
construction and management under industry supervision and under Mississippi State
University's Landscape Contracting program criteria. Successful completion of three Internship
semesters is a curriculum requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape
Contracting and Management.

OBJECTIVES: To broaden the student's understanding of the nature and scope of work that
is typical and representative of a modern progressive landscape contractor.

To provide an opportunity for the student to gain competence in the technical skills and concepts
of field work which are typical of the landscape contracting industry.

To provide an opportunity for the student to evaluate the various specialty areas of the landscape
contracting industry in relation to their personal educational and career goals.
                         Student Requirements and Regulation




                                Read and Keep for Your Records

                                        Internship Program
                   Landscape Contracting and Management Internship Program at
                                   Mississippi State University

I.   REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS FOR THE STUDENT INTERNS:

     A. Prerequisites. Students shall meet the following prerequisites:
         1. For LA 1711 Internship I: Student applicant shall:
               a. have satisfactorily completed a minimum of one semester in college                        or
                      university with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.        An
                      applicant with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 must have written approval                  of
                      the Director of         the Landscape Contracting Program for acceptance             for
                      Internship I.
               b. have satisfactorily completed LA 1701 or equivalent.

         2. For LA 2711 Internship II: Student applicant shall:
                a. have satisfactorily completed LA 1711 Landscape Contracting Internship I
                b. have satisfactorily completed LA 2701 Landscape Contracting Seminar I
                c. have a cumulative GPA of 2.25. An applicant with a cumulative GPA below 2.25 must
                       have written approval of the Director of the Landscape Contracting Program for
                       acceptance into Internship II.

         3. For LA 3711 Internship III: Student applicant shall:
                a. have satisfactorily completed LA 2711 Landscape Contracting Internship II.
                b. have satisfactorily completed LA 3701 Landscape Contracting Seminar II.
                c. have a cumulative GPA of 2.25. An applicant with a cumulative GPA below 2.25 must
                       have written approval of the Director of the Landscape Contracting Program for
                       acceptance into Internship III.

     B. Scheduling the Internship semesters:
         1. Applicant shall meet prerequisites described above before scheduling Internship.
         2. Applicant shall consult with his/her academic advisor to prepare an outline of all outstanding
              academic course requirements and the impending Internship semesters into a proposed academic
              plan known as a "Rotation Schedule".
         3. The following Rotation Schedules are acceptable upon advice & consent of advisor:
                a. Internship I: School: Internship II: School: Internship III: School
                b. Internship I: Internship II: School: Internship III: School: School
                c. Internship I: School: Internship II: Internship III: School: School
                d. Internship I: Internship II: Internship III: School: School: School

     C. Applying for an Internship: Student applicants shall file an Internship Registration form
         with the Internship Advisor of the Department of Landscape Architecture for each intended internship,
         30 days before the official beginning of the semester of each internship. The forms shall be signed by
         the student applicant and the company's internship supervisor (Internor) prior to submission for
         approval.
       D. Requirements of the Student Interns: The Internee agrees to fulfill the employment
           conditions of the Internship in a professional manner, and further agrees to:

       1. Prepare and submit, on schedule, the monthly report of the log records of weekly work experience (as
         certified by the Internor, and on forms provided) to the Internship Advisor at the MSU Landscape
         Architecture Department.

       2. Submit a mid-term assessment of internship experience to MSU LA department on the completion of
          the fifth week of the Summer semester internship; or, the eighth week of a Fall or Spring semester
          internship on the forms provide to the Internship Advisor at MSU.

       3. Submit a written assessment of the Internship and an evaluation of the Internor's assistance in the
          learning experience on the forms provided to the Internship Advisor at MSU within 10 days of the
          completion of the Internship .

       4. Prepare and document a case study which is related to work experience using slides, video and/or other
          appropriate visual aids; and, subsequently conduct a 50-minute presentation of the case study to the
          staff and students upon enrollment in the appropriate Landscape Contracting Seminar (which
          corresponds to the completed Internship) in the first academic semester(s) upon completion of the
          Internship semester and return to school.

       E. Minimum Work Hours Acceptable for Internships: The required minimum work hours
           for Internship semesters are as follows:

           1. Fall or Spring Semesters: 15 weeks with a minimum of 600 total hours.

           2. Summer: 12 weeks with a minimum 480 total hours.

           Note: For the Fall or Spring semesters, the minimum 600 total hours must be achieved over a
           continuous calendar time of not less than 13 weeks. For the Summer Internships, the minimum 480
           total hours must be achieved over a continuous calendar time of not less than 10 weeks.

       F. Compensation:           The Internor agrees to pay the Internee an appropriate wage and applicable
           overtime wages for the legal jurisdiction in which the Internship occurs; and, for the minimum hours
           required in the Internship agreement. In the company's "Letter of Offer", the Internor shall explicitly
           address the issues of: (1) hourly rates; (2).overtime rates; and, (3). possible compensation for
           housing, travel, uniforms, lease deposits, etc.; and, pay scale for subsequent internships if they are
           scheduled continuously (back-to-back).

II.    TERMINATION OF INTERNSHIP AGREEMENT: Upon consultation and agreement
       among the Employer, Student, and the MSU Internship Advisor, an Internship agreement may be
       terminated with two week's notice. Such notice shall be transmitted by FAX or registered mail to the
       Department of Landscape Architecture. In such case, the final resolution of grade for the Internship or a
       required repeat shall be determined by the Academic Review Committee of the MSU Landscape
       Architecture department after due consideration of materials submitted by both parties.

III.   RESERVATIONS:               The Department of Landscape Architecture reserves the right to withhold
       approval of an impending Internship Registration in cases where either the student or employer, has failed
       to meet qualifications for internship; to fulfil the internship requirements; or, conform to the internship
       regulations described, herein.
                       Company Requirements and Regulations
Company Requirements and Regulations for LC Internship Program at MSU      KEEP

I.   REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS FOR COMPANIES / INTERNORS

     A. General Qualification:   The Company / Internor shall:

     1. be a licensed landscape company under the requirements of the state in which they do
        business; or, a public agency with an appropriate diversity of experience opportunities.

     2. be a member, in good standing, of PLANET, PGMS, ASLA, or AAN; and, the state
        organizations appropriate to area of business.

     3. notify the MSU Landscape Architecture Department of the name of the company
        employee that shall be responsible for the supervision of the Internee and working with
        the MSU staff to oversee and evaluate the activities of the Internship.

     4. provide references upon request of MSU Internship Advisor.

     5. if deemed necessary by the MSU Internship Advisor, pay incurred expenses for same to
        make an Initial On-Site Visit to review company for acceptance as an Internor in the
        MSU LC Internship Program.

     6. if deemed necessary by the MSU Internship Advisor, pay incurred expenses for same to
        make a follow-up Routine Review Visit to assess the company's facilitation of the
        internship program. These Routine Review Visits are, when possible, in conjunction
        with visits to other companies so that expenses are shared and pro-rated among those
        companies. Additionally, Review Visits shall occur only once every 3 to 4 years if the
        company's association with the internship program is operating satisfactorily.

     B. Minimum Work Hours Acceptable for Internships:            The required minimum work
         hours for Internship semesters are as follows:

         1.    Fall or Spring Semesters: 15 weeks with a minimum of 600 total hours.

         2.    Summer: 12 weeks with a minimum 480 total hours.

         Note: For the Fall or Spring semesters, the minimum 600 total hours must be achieved
         over a continuous calendar time of not less than 13 weeks. For the Summer
         Internships, the minimum 480 total hours must be achieved over a continuous calendar
         time of not less than 10 weeks.

     C. Company's / Internor's Requirements:   The Internor shall agree:
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Company Requirements and Regulations for LC Internship Program at MSU


        1. to supervise an educational Internship for the student, insuring that the Internee will
           have at least the required minimum percentage involvement in the various work
           categories negotiated and agreed to in the statement of "Suggested Areas of Intern
           Involvement". It is understood that, due to the nature of the construction and
           management business, certain moderate adjustments may need to be made in the work
           categories; and, these adjustments shall be made via consultation with the student and
           shall be subject to the approval of the Internship Advisor.

      2.   conduct monthly evaluations of the Internee's performance by consultation with the
           Internee; and, certify Internee's weekly log of work experiences. It is the student's
           responsibility to report these, on a monthly basis, to the Internship Advisor.

      3.   submit (to MSU Internship Advisor) the Company's Mid-term Report of the
           student's progress. This assessment for Summer Semester is to be submitted after the
           fifth week of the internship. The assessment for Fall and Spring semesters is to be
           submitted after the eighth week of internship (a copy of the reporting forms is
           attached).

      4.   conduct an exit interview and evaluation of the Internee upon completion of each work
           semester and prior to Internee's departure; and, submit (to the MSU Internship Advisor)
           the Company's Final Report within 10 days of the completion of the Internship.

      D.   Compensation:   The Internor agrees to pay the Internee an appropriate base wage and
           applicable overtime wages for the legal jurisdiction in which the Internship occurs;
           and, for the minimum hours required in the Internship agreement. In the company's
           "Letter of Offer", the Internor shall explicitly address the issues of: (1). hourly rates;
           (2). overtime rates; and, (3). possible compensation for housing, travel, uniforms,
           lease deposits, etc.; and, pay scale for subsequent internships if they are scheduled
           continuously (back-to-back).

II.     TERMINATION OF INTERNSHIP AGREEMENT: Upon consultation and agreement
        among the Employer, Student, and the MSU Internship Advisor, an Internship agreement
        may be terminated with two week's notice. Such notice shall be transmitted by FAX or
        registered mail to the Department of Landscape Architecture. In such case, the final
        resolution of grade for the Internship or a required repeat shall be determined by the
        Academic Review Committee of the MSU Department of Landscape Architecture after
        due consideration of materials submitted by both parties.

III. RESERVATIONS: The Department of Landscape Architecture reserves the right to
     withhold approval of an impending Internship Registration in cases where either the
     student or employer has failed to meet qualifications for internship; to fulfill internship
     requirements or conform to the internship regulations described herein.
INSTRUCTIONS: Complete and RETURN TO MSU. Keep a COPY for your records.

                               COMPANY REGISTRATION FORM
                             FOR STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
                         Landscape Contracting and Management Internship Program
                                   Department of Landscape Architecture
                                                 Box 9725
                                        Mississippi State, MS 39762
                                          Phone: 662 - 325 - 3012
                                           FAX: 662 - 325 - 7893

We, hereby, make application to be an Internor Company in accordance with the guidelines for the Landscape
Contracting and Management Program as outlined by the Department of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State
University.

(Please Type or Print)
COMPANY NAME

Manager's Name

Internship Supervisor:
(Person who will supervise the student during internship experience)

Mailing Address:

City, State and Zip Code:

Phone: (     )                                         FAX: (      )

E-mail Address: _______________________________________________________________________________

       We are a licensed landscape company under the requirements of the state(s) in which we do business; or a
       public agency with appropriate diversity of professional experience opportunities.

       We are a member in good standing with PLANET, PGMS, ASLA, or AAN; and, the state organizations
       appropriate to our area of the landscape industry.

       We have read and, hereby, agree to the conditions of the internship program as outlined in the "Company
       Requirements and Regulations" section of the internship information prepared by the Department of
       Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University.

       We offer the following two professional references for your consideration:

Name                                                 Company Name

City                                                 Phone Number:


Name                                                 Company Name

City                                                 Phone Number:

COMPANY OFFICER: (Please Print)

SIGNATURE:                                                               DATE:
INSTRUCTIONS: Complete and RETURN TO MSU along with a copy of the "Suggested
Areas of Internship Experience". Keep a copy for your records.

                                    COMPANY'S LETTER OF OFFER FOR
                                        STUDENT INTERNSHIP

                          Landscape Contracting and Management Internship Program
                                    Department of Landscape Architecture
                                         Mississippi State University
(Please Type or Print)
COMPANY NAME

Internship Supervisor:

Mailing Address:

City, State & Zip Code:

Phone:         (      )                                                FAX (           )

E-mail Address: ____________________________________________________________________________

We, hereby, make an offer for (student's name)                                        to Intern with
our firm in accordance with the guidelines for the Landscape Contracting and Management
Program as outlined by the Department of Landscape Architecture Department at Mississippi
State University.
The Internship shall be for :               Ten-Week Summer Session of 200
        (Check all that apply)               Fall Session of 200
                                            Spring Session of 200
The Internship shall be :                    Internship I LA 1711
        (Check all that apply)               Internship II LA 2711
                                             Internship III LA 3711
The starting wage for this Internship shall be $        per hour with overtime paid at a rate of
$                per hour for hours over the normal work week of              hours.

Other Conditions and considerations: Additional comments should be added to address any compensation for housing, uniforms,
travel, tuition reimbursement, bonuses, etc. and for pay scale if multiple and consecutive (back-to-back) internships are involved.




COMPANY OFFICER: (Please Print)

SIGNATURE:                                                                       DATE:

MAIL THIS DOCUMENT DIRECTLY TO THE STUDENT FOR PROCESSING
DUE DATE:

                                       COMPANY'S MIDTERM REPORT
                                      MSU LANDSCAPE CONTRACTING INTERNSHIP
                                                EVALUATION FORM

                                                       PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT

STUDENT'S NAME

COMPANY NAME

SUPERVISOR'S NAME
(Person conducting evaluation and assigning grade)

EVALUATION PERIOD:                      FALL 200                           SPRING 200                      SUMMER 200
 (CHECK ONE)

SEE CRITERIA BELOW & ASSESS STUDENT'S PERFORMANCE & ENTER THE SUMMARY GRADE
FOR THIS EVALUATION PERIOD AS:      A     B    C     D      F
                                               (CIRCLE ONE)

THE EVALUATOR'S WRITTEN EVALUATION REMARKS AND COMMENTS SHOULD BE
ATTACHED TO THIS FORM AND SUBMITTED BY MAIL OR FAX TO:

                                  COMPANY INTERNSHIP REPORT
                                  Dr. Timothy Schauwecker, Internship Advisor
                                  DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
                                  BOX 9725
                                  MISSISSIPPI STATE, MS 39762

                                  PHONE: (662) - 325 - 3012
                                  FAX: (662) - 325 - 7893

                                               CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION
The student's internship activities shall be evaluated in counsel with the student & using the following criteria:

Grade A Overall, the student exhibits truly superior work qualities, attitude and response to opportunities and challenges provided by the
company. (80% - 100% effectiveness)

Grade B Overall, the student exhibits good and above average work qualities, attitude and response to opportunities and challenges provided by
the company. (70% - 80% effectiveness)

Grade C Overall, the student exhibits satisfactory and average work qualities, attitude and response to opportunities and challenges provided
by the company. (60% - 70% effectiveness)

Grade D Overall, the student exhibits below average work qualities, attitude and response to opportunities and challenges provided by the
company. (50%-60% effectiveness).

Grade F Overall, the student exhibits unacceptable work qualities, attitude and response to opportunities and challenges provided by the
company. (less than 50% effectiveness).
DUE DATE:

                                            COMPANY'S FINAL REPORT
                                      MSU LANDSCAPE CONTRACTING INTERNSHIP
                                                EVALUATION FORM

                                                       PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT

STUDENT'S NAME

COMPANY NAME

SUPERVISOR'S NAME
(Person conducting evaluation and assigning grade)

EVALUATION PERIOD:                      FALL 200                           SPRING 200                      SUMMER 200
 (CHECK ONE)

SEE CRITERIA BELOW & ASSESS STUDENT'S PERFORMANCE & ENTER THE SUMMARY GRADE
FOR THIS EVALUATION PERIOD AS:      A     B    C     D      F
                                               (CIRCLE ONE)

THE EVALUATOR'S WRITTEN EVALUATION REMARKS AND COMMENTS SHOULD BE
ATTACHED TO THIS FORM AND SUBMITTED BY MAIL OR FAX TO:

                                  COMPANY INTERNSHIP REPORT
                                  Dr. Timothy Schauwecker, Internship Advisor
                                  DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
                                  BOX 9725
                                  MISSISSIPPI STATE, MS 39762

                                  PHONE: (662) - 325 - 3012
                                  FAX: (662) - 325 - 7893


                                               CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION
The student's internship activities shall be evaluated in counsel with the student & using the following criteria:

Grade A Overall, the student exhibits truly superior work qualities, attitude and response to opportunities and challenges provided by the
company. (80% - 100% effectiveness)

Grade B Overall, the student exhibits good and above average work qualities, attitude and response to opportunities and challenges provided by
the company. (70% - 80% effectiveness)

Grade C Overall, the student exhibits satisfactory and average work qualities, attitude and response to opportunities and challenges provided
by the company. (60% - 70% effectiveness)

Grade D Overall, the student exhibits below average work qualities, attitude and response to opportunities and challenges provided by the
company. (50%-60% effectiveness).

Grade F Overall, the student exhibits unacceptable work qualities, attitude and response to opportunities and challenges provided by the
company. (less than 50% effectiveness).
                             FORMS


        SUGGESTED AREAS OF INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE
           For LA 1711 Landscape Contracting Internship I

                          SUMMARY LISTING

PROMOTION                     10%

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT           10%

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
HARDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION
(EXTERIOR OR INTERIOR)        25%

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
GREENSCAPE INSTALLATION
(EXTERIOR OR INTERIOR)        25%

LANDSCAPE DESIGN               0%

LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT          25%

OTHER/MISCELLANEOUS            5%
INSTRUCTIONS:
1.    READ AND COMPLETE PER DIRECTIONS BELOW.
2.    RETURN A COPY TO MSU WITH A COMPANY LETTER OF OFFER.
3.    KEEP A COPY FOR YOUR COMPANY'S FILES.

                                MSU Department of Landscape Architecture
                         Landscape Contracting and Management Internship Program

                 SUGGESTED AREAS OF INTERN EXPERIENCE
                  For LA 1711 Landscape Contracting Internship I
FOR:

DIRECTIONS:
To the best of your ability, allocate approximate percentages of the time that you plan for
the student to be involved for each area of work activities listed below.

It is understood that each company will differ in regard to services which they provide in
their normal operations and, as a result, may not be able to offer a student intern work
experience opportunities in one or more of these categories. Therefore, it is agreed that
flexibility is permitted in order to arrange the student's planned work experience so as to
best involve him or her in the typical and routine work generally performed by your
company.

Promotion:                               Suggested 10%                 Your Plan   %
   *   Client Meetings
   *   Public Relations
   *   Conferences
   *   Advertising & Marketing
   *   Other, Describe


Business Management:                     Suggested 10%                 Your Plan   %
   * Office Procedures
   *   Accounting Systems
   *   Estimating/Bid Preparation
   *   Documents/Reports
   *   Procurement
   *   Inventory Control
   *   Production Mgt/Evaluation
   *   Other, Describe
   *   Routing and Scheduling
   *   Business Ethics
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Department of Landscape Architecture
Landscape Contracting and Management Internship Program
Suggested Areas of Intern Experience for LA 1711 LC Internship I

Project Implementation: Hardscape Construction
                                              Suggested 25%        Your Plan   %
    *   Procurement of Materials
    *   Start-Up Operations
    *   Site Work: Clearing & Grubbing
    *   Site Work: Earthwork
    *   Site Work: Fine Grading
    *   Site Work: Foundations
    *   Site Work: Drainage System
    *   Site Work: Electrical Systems
    *   Site Work: Other, Describe
    *   Site Work: Environmental Requirements
    *   Concrete: Forming & Isolation
    *   Concrete: Install Steel Reinforcing
    *   Concrete: Pouring, Finishing, Curing
    *   General Masonry Preparation
    *   Install Pavers or Flatwork
    *   Install Veneer or Vertical Masonry
    *   General Carpentry Preparation
    *   Install Fencing
    *   Install Decking, Boardwalks
    *   Install Timber Wall
    *   Install Arbor/Trellis
    *   Install Specialty Structure
    *   Install Irrigation Lines
    *   Install Irrigation Heads
    *   Install Irrigation Control Systems
    *   Check & Adjust Irrigation System
    *   Record Keeping, Reports, Re: Hardscape
    *   Other, Describe
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Department of Landscape Architecture
Landscape Contracting and Management Internship Program
Suggested Areas of Intern Experience for LA 1711 LC Internship I

Project Implementation: Greenscape Installation
(Interior or Exterior):                   Suggested 25%            Your Plan   %
    * Prepare Planting Areas/Planting Pits
    *   Procure Plants, Seed, Propagules
    *   Seed Turf/Plants
    *   Lay Sod, Stolonize or Sprig
    *   Install Shrubs, Vines, Ground Covers
    *   Install Trees
    *   Stake, Wrap or Tie Trees
    *   Mulch Planting Areas
    *   Water Plants or Turf
    *   On-Site Storage/Care of Plant Material
    *   General Care Until Acceptance
    *   Clean Up And/Or Travel

Design:                                    Suggested 0%            Your Plan   %
    *   Planting Design Concepts
    *   Planting Design Details
    *   Hard Construction Design
    *   Hard Construction Details
    *   Irrigation Design
    *   Presentation Graphics
    *   Specifications
    *   Production Schedule Estimation
    *   Related Reports & Documents
    *   Other, Describe
    *
    *
    *
    *
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Department of Landscape Architecture
Landscape Contracting and Management Internship Program
Suggested Areas of Intern Experience for LA 1711 LC Internship I

Landscape Management:                    Suggested 25%             Your Plan   %

Turf
   *    Mow Turf
   *    Edge Turf
   *    Weed Control In Turf
   *    Turf Insect/Disease Control
   *    Fertilize Turf
   *    Aerify, Verticut Turf
   *    Clean Up
   *    Reports, Documents
   *    Other, Describe

Landscape Plantings
   * Prune and/or Groom Plants
   * Fertilize Plants
   * Insect/Disease Control
   * Weed Control
   * Install Seasonal Color
   * Clean Up
   * Reports, Documents
   * Other, Describe

Tree Work
    * Fertilize Trees
    * Insect/Disease Control
    * General Pruning
    * Cabling and/or Bracing
    * Cavity Work
    * Tree Removal
    * Clean Up
    * Other, Describe

Remedial Hard Construction
   * Describe


General:                                 Suggested 5%              Your Plan   %
    *   Professional Society Meetings
    *   Suppliers & Manufacturers'
        Shows and Shortcourses
    *   Lecturers (on subjects related
        to profession)
    *   Special Studies (specify)

    *   In-House Technical Training

								
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